Estonia plummets in gender equality ranking

  • 2010-10-13
  • TBT Staff

The study found that gender equality in Estonia is becoming worse compared to other countries. (photo courtesy of Dominik Gwarek).

TALLINN -- Estonia has fallen 10 places in the “The Global Gender Gap Report", an annual publication released by the World Economic Forum.

Estonia fell from 37th to 47th place from last year, leaving the nation behind all of its immediate neighbors including Russia.

Latvia was ranked in 18th place in the report, while Lithuania was placed at 35th place. The report covered a total of 134 countries worldwide.

Estonia's worst ratings were given in the categories °"salary gaps" (87th), "political participation" (74th) and "health" (50th). The report found that the wages of Estonian women make up just 62% of the wage of men doing the same job.

It performed more favorably in in economic participation (35th) and education (38th).

Scandinavian countries topped the list, with Iceland in first place followed by Norway, Finland and Sweden, respectively. In last place were Pakistan, Chad and Yemen.